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When I read the posts in this section I often think to myself, that was covered in Bob Flexners Book. This book was mentioned here a good while back so I bought a copy and I'm very glad I did. I often refer back to it to get an answer I need. The book is based on wood finishing, but all the techniques apply to guitar making.

A few topics covered:


using a scraper

pore filling

water based finishes

lacquer based finishes

french polish

shellac finish

conversion varnish

oil based finishes

which finish to choose


color tinting

dyes, powder, alcohol and water based

pigment dyes

different types of stains and how they work

AND much more.

My opinion is EVERY guitar builder should have a copy of this book.

Your local Library may have a copy.

If you do get a copy, please post your thoughts here, good and bad for others to read.

Thanks, Vinny

The Book,

Understanding Wood Finishing:

How to Select and Apply the Right Finish

By: Bob Flexner


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I have to agree. I got this book as a gift, and I read it cover to cover in a matter of 3 days. I think I've read it about once a year since. It's an incredible resource that keeps information on hand that you might not be able to keep in memory. I would go so far as to say this book is about as important to what we do as Melvyn Hiscocks book. Maybe not quite that much, but close.

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